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Wednesday, 28 September 2005
Course
Opened – Course started in 1830s by Alan Robertson and completed in 1872 by Tom Morris
Course Designer – Tom Morris, Alan Robertson, James Braid.
Special Features - “Classic links”, undulating fairways, thick rough and a winding barry burn.
General Playability – Excellent
Undulating/Flat – Gently undulating
Treelined/exposed – Exposed near seaboard – some tree plantations.
Many/few water hazards - Several ditches plus the Barry Burn
Changes to the Course – 3rd hole – re-modelled fairway and associated bunker.

Greens
Type of grass - Brown top. Bent 65% red fescue 20%, annual meadow grass 15%
Height of cut - 3mm
Speed/stimp reading - approx 9 ¾” on the stimp
Any specific comments - Wear tolerant, good density, working on firmness, average area 700 sq yds. One double green

Fairways
Type of grass – Various fescues – brown top bent – some ryegrass. annual meadow grass
Height of cut – 8mm
General width and contouring – 22-26 yds generally, mostly gently rolling contours.
Any specific comments - Good uniformity between high spots & low spots. Still working on firmness and sward quality in low spots.

Tees
Type of grass – Bent, fescue – meadow grass
Height of cut - 7 mm
Any specific comments - Good cover – working on firmness

Collars
Type of grass - Bent, fescue – meadow grass
Height of cut – 6.5mm
Any specific comments - Good cover – working on firmness

Rough
Type of grass – Various fescues, bent grasses, wavy hair grass, 2” sweet vernal, marram, sea lyme.
Semi-rough - Height of cut – 2”
Intermediate – Height of cut –
Rough - Height of cut – Natural unmown 9” – 2ft
Any specific comments –

Weather
In advance – Average temp 15C – odd showers
Forecast for tournament – Fresh winds, W, SW 15-22 mph, verging WNW Saturday

Other Features
All non-indigenous pine trees have been removed from 7th and 14th holes to restore it to its natural links. They have been replaced by gentle links mounding and gorse bushes being mounted. Added hazard:- There is an M.O.D. training ground adjacent to the 6th and 7th holes. Added hazard: beware regular firing in progress.

Only Open venue to be played by the legendary Ben Hogan in 1953 – there is a special plaque installed at the 6th hole and the hole is named after him – Hogans Alley.

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